PTSD, depression and anxiety tackled at Put Your Hands Up workshop | VIDEO

Helping hand: Former Australian Army commander James Greenshields wants to help men deal with depression.

Helping hand: Former Australian Army commander James Greenshields wants to help men deal with depression.

A FORMER Australian Army commander hopes his Newcastle workshop on Sunday will help Hunter men deal with depression and anxiety.

Like many who served Australia at war, James Greenshields returned from leading frontline soldiers in the Iraq campaign a changed man. He will draw on his personal experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to host a session called Put Your Hand Up to teach Hunter men skills to deal with depression, anxiety, and other emotionally debilitating conditions.

Mr Greenshields said the workshop would target the “causal issues” rather than the symptoms. “The current view of masculinity is flawed, harmful and counter-productive to overcoming conditions like PTSD and depression,” he said.

The local session is on Sunday at the TPI Association Centre, 76 Cowper Street, Wallsend. Registration starts at 8.30am for a 9am start. Tickets are via donation at the door or online at putyourhandupaustralia.org.

James Greenshields: Put Your Hand Up

“It’s possible to show men how they can begin to move beyond their feelings of hollowness and ‘stuckness’ to living the life they want for themselves,” he said.

“They need to know it’s okay to open up and talk, to not be afraid of anger, and to learn how to channel their emotions effectively and with power”

Mr Greenshields said one in eight Australian men suffered from depression, and one in five experienced anxiety at some stage of their lives.

The local session is on Sunday at the TPI Association Centre, 76 Cowper Street, Wallsend. Registration starts at 8.30am for a 9am start. Tickets are via donation at the door or online at putyourhandupaustralia.org.

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